History of Ram’s Point Winery (2)

When Dr. Menke started in 2008 as the first Enologist for Colorado State University (CSU) and Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB), he outlined a comprehensive development plan for an Enology Education, Outreach, and Research Program. Included in that plan was a commercial/educational winery. The winery is designed as the primary vehicle for training students and interns in best winemaking and winery business practices, as well as providing a location for enology research and outreach. It is also visible public recognition for the CSU partnership with Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE), representing the Colorado wine industry. The commercial/educational winery concept was approved by CWIDB and CAVE in 2010, presented to CSU administration for approval in 2011 and reaffirmed by an industry survey in early 2012. In June, 2012, a federal winery manufacturer permit was approved for Ram’s Point Winery, owned by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, and located at Western Colorado Research Center. In July, 2012, approval was given by President Tony Frank and the Board of Governors, and on September 17, 2012, the Colorado limited winery license was approved. The first wines were released in May 2013.